Clayton Homes Modern Green i-house

iHouse Clayton Homes

5/3/09 update: Clayton Homes launched the i-house!

When a friend first shot me a link to an article about this i-house, I knew we had to feature it.  This is a new, modern, green home designed and soon-to-be offered by Clayton Homes, the largest manufacturer of manufactured housing in the U.S.  Clayton Homes started in 1934, smack dab in the tough years of the Great Depression, and since that time, they've sold ~1.5 million homes.  If everything goes as planned with the i-house, Clayton Homes would like to be selling 2000 i-houses per year within 18 months of launching sales in May or so of this year. 

iHouse Clayton Homes

The i-house gets its name from its footprint.  The core portion of the home is 992 square feet with bedroom, living room, kitchen, and bathroom.  The core is then dotted by an extended flex room and bathroom quarters, which also features an exciting rooftop deck.  The configuration of the core and flex room forms an "i," but the flex portion of the home can be placed in other locations in proximity to the main part of the house, too. 

Rumor has it that i-house will be sold for +/- $100,000, depending on the purchase of the flex room, but Clayton Homes is doing research still on how to price it. 

The butterfly roof was designed for a rainwater catchment system, as well as to carry the optional $8,000 solar pv system (depending on the orientation of house).  Amenities include IKEA fixtures, dual-flush toilets, bamboo flooring, recycled content decking material, Japanese-style climate control in each room, and low E efficient windows.  Plus, with Clayton Homes’ manufacturing prowess, they’ve found that construction waste is kept to a couple garbage cans or less per home.

[=] Virtual Tour i-house

Kitchen

Livingroom2

Livingroom

Bedroom

Guestbedroom

Another home design we’ve featured previously, the GreenMobile®, has received widespread attention, but according to our last followup with the designer, they’re still trying to get the prototype into production.   So, from this vantage point, building and selling green, affordable manufactured housing is more difficult than it seems, and Clayton Homes’ i-House endeavor is good industry news.   We can’t wait to step inside one …

[=] The Clayton i-House
[+] Clayton's i-House on Display [Knoxville News Sentinel]
[+] Knoxville's Green House Effect [Metro Pulse]

Photo credits: Clayton Homes.


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  • http://www.postgreenhomes.com Chad Ludeman

    This is very good news for the industry again. Let’s see them sell a bunch and then get encouraged to offer more similar models.

    That’s some serious IKEA furnishing in there.

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Would you believe that I was sitting on my couch last night at 1:15 am, trying to finish writing this article, and I started to wonder: Where in the world can I get some land cheap enough to put one of these on it. Put me right to sleep thinking about it. Anyway, I still can’t stop thinking about how nice looking the i-House is. Manufactured or not, it’s really compelling. I hope Clayton sells tens of thousands of these …

  • http://hippieflavor.tumblr.com hippieflavor

    if i had a vacation house on the beach or in the mountains, this would be it. i think these would be ideal for a community of them. it reminds me of the area we went for our honeymoon, cape kiwanda, oregon. there’s a community of vacation rental houses & condos that these would fit amongst perfectly.

  • http://www.ecozebra.com Andrew Stone

    These are very nice. You know how I am with the trailer look of a lot of these homes, but I don’t mind this one at all. I really like it. It would be perfect in a lot of situations. Urban infill, second home or development. A little too much Ikea for me though….

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      I’m SHOCKED Andrew! No seriously, how can you like container architecture, but not IKEA? One of these days, I have a feeling you’ll come over and join us on the dark side.

      • http://www.ecozebra.com Andrew Stone

        HA! I like Ikea, I was just there. I just don’t like that much Ikea.

    • MA

      There’s no such thing as too much IKEA!

      • uu

        I love Ikea, and the fact theat is already comes in the house is great…

  • http://www.repreneur.typepad.com Kyle

    Preston,
    I had the exact same thought you did. I’m 23, how can I save up enough money and find a lot cheap enough to put this on by the time I’m 26. I like a lot of the homes you write about, but this one takes the cake. I have a feeling with the flex room its much more than $100K.

    And I expect you can pick and choose which of the Ikea furniture you’d like in the house, and which you will furnish yourself. Time to ramp up the savings.

  • Linda G.

    This is an impressive home for $100k+/- —- BUT…..If you know modulars, you know that that $100k can be just the START of costing. Besides the lot, there are a lot of other factors – siting and setup, plumbing and electrical connections, basements (if you live in a market that demands them, like mine), the addn of a garage, permits, and on and on. An old rule of thumb has been that you can roughly add AT LEAST 50% (plus) for all these little add-ons – to get to the real cost of the home.

    We’re planning 40 green, affordable units – with a more traditional look for our market – and would love to see the floor plan of the i-House – and what happens if you put — GASP!!! — a different roof on it to appear, curb side, to be more traditional – so it would fit into our market place. The ‘greeneries’ offered in this package are most interesting, though!

    There is also the Ikea question: Ikea makes great furniture – but it is NOT inexpensive to the average guy. Strip this house of it’s gorgeous marketing ploys (furnishings, knickknacks, etc) and it is pretty bare. Even ‘warehouse revivers’ want a bit of warmth in their bare walls and stainless steel. Will Clayton offer a ‘package deal’ with terrific pricing if the home is furnished?

    L.G.

    • Claudia

      I work for Clayton Homes and have been doing so for the past 4 years. I am a well ranked sales person and believe truly in doing what’s best for my customer. In many of my sales experiences the customer pretty much determines the package deal that accordingly fits them best. I just provide the options and the cost for each, and tell them how or in what way this decision affects their payments or financing.

      Now at some point I do give my opinion as far as if the option is ideal for the cost or if there are other options that can be done to save money but still get the same effect or quality.

      Doing this is called being a GREAT sales person. You always want to do what’s best for the customer. Do understand that with any purchases make sure you are a 100% about the sales person and that everything is in your best interest.

      Now, as far as the additional options that are needed to complete construction of the home, it should not exceed more than 50% of the cost of the actual home itself. Much of our work is contracted out other than the building of the home. All construction should be done at the same market value as to what it is to build a house, such as well, septic, plumbing, etc.,. If the information that is being shared with you is differently, then look elsewhere to make sure what is being told is correct. I sale many homes hundreds of miles away and in many instances, I am able to offer a much better deal. So go figure- You may even want to consider looking outside your state.

      Let me know if there is anything I can advise you on or if there are any questions that you may need answered, I am available.

      Have a blessed New Year!
      Claudia

      • John

        Claudia, I am an architect in Florida, and I own land in Jamestown, TN. I would love to visit the factory to learn more about this product.

        • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

          We hear there’s going to be some announcements on this house this weekend. Stay tuned, maybe subscribe to our feed … after the announcement, we may be able to get you in touch with some folks.

      • Linda

        Claudia,
        Good information. We have land in S/W Virginia that we need to do something with?? We have looked at modular in prior years and found it cost prohibitive for particular communities. However, we would consider Clayton. Please tell me how we can see them and, get more information on them. Where are they manufactured?

        Linda

      • Melanie

        Hi Claudia, Please see my response to Linda’s post above. I’ve been scouting plans for small, green, affordable homes with a modern aesthetic and this is the first layout I found that I really like. I especially like the open floor plan for the kitchen/dining/living areas, as I like to entertain and be part of the party when I do so. I also like the bathroom private/public layout. I was sorry to see you don’t ship to upstate N.Y. (yet). Any idea when it will happen? It would be great to see a planned community of these constructed in my state…

    • Melanie

      Hi Linda, I’m looking for an affordable home to retire into and would love to find one single retirement community that doesn’t have that cookie-cutter “traditional look.” I want a modern, green, affordable, small home in a cluster community set-up, where I can walk to a village or city, ride a bike and swim. I’m so tired of that golf course, three bedroom, split level aesthetic (sorry Dad), and I’m sure there must be thousands of people like me. You’re right; site set-up and land purchase will be major costs if doing it solo. So where is the retirement community for “young” retirees like me?

    • Melanie

      Hi Linda,I’m looking for an affordable home to retire into and would love to find one single retirement community that doesn’t have that cookie-cutter “traditional look.” I want a modern, green, affordable, small home in a cluster community set-up, where I can walk to a village or city, ride a bike and swim. I’m so tired of that golf course, three bedroom, split level aesthetic (sorry Dad), and I’m sure there must be thousands of people like me. You’re right; site set-up and land purchase will be major costs if doing it solo. So where is the retirement community for “young” retirees like me?

    • Melanie

      Hi Linda, I’m looking for an affordable home to retire into and would love to find one single retirement community that doesn’t have that cookie-cutter “traditional look.” I want a modern, green, affordable, small home in a cluster community set-up, where I can walk to a village or city, ride a bike and swim. I’m so tired of that golf course, three bedroom, split level aesthetic (sorry Dad), and I’m sure there must be thousands of people like me. You’re right; site set-up and land purchase will be major costs if doing it solo. So where is the retirement community for “young” retirees like me?

    • Melanie

      Hi Linda, I’m looking for an affordable home to retire into and would love to find one single retirement community that doesn’t have that cookie-cutter “traditional look.” I want a modern, green, affordable, small home in a cluster community set-up, where I can walk to a village or city, ride a bike and swim. I’m so tired of that golf course, three bedroom, split level aesthetic (sorry Dad), and I’m sure there must be thousands of people like me. You’re right; site set-up and land purchase will be major costs if doing it solo. So where is the retirement community for “young” retirees like me?

  • http://ww3.startribune.com/blogs/newhouse Jason Hammond

    I love the exterior of the house. It would make a great lake home with it’s long frame.
    I will say that their appears to be a bit of a disconnect from the exterior design to the interior design. Less the IKEA furniture the cabinetry has that “New Craftsmen” feel vs. a modern or modern contemporary look and feel. Note the beveled corners on the bar countertop and the frames on the cabinets. I think they should have taken a little risk here if they were going to use this much IKEA to stage it ,why not try out some of the bold new IKEA cabinet options e.g. hi-loss doors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Theresa-Cloyd-Konomos/1430461658 Jennifer Theresa Cloyd Konomos

    Take a look at this prefab beauty!

  • John D. Jennings

    Everyone should applaude Clayton’s forward thinking…almost everything is an option with these…go look before you complain….KEEP MOVING FORWARD !!!

  • steve

    at about $100 sq ft it’s too expensive for a manufactured home this small – once again Going Green means you have to be rich. They should make a basic green model for $50 sq ft, then I’d be able to purchase one!

    • http://www.sensiblecity.com AmyMS

      Love this home! I do agree that I would like to see a less expensive option come along. Living compactly is a great concept, but what about a family of 3 or 4 who need more space. I imagine that would push the price in the end well over $250 – It would be great to see some eco-friendly options or even partially eco-frienly options for families to come along for less than $175,000. I think one day we will see it happen. And companies like Clayton will be the ones leading the way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Patterson/565355484 Rick Patterson

    Amazing

  • http://energy-efficient-home-improvement.com Jess

    Awesome!

    Homes will essentially become more energy efficient and sustainable not to just cut back, but because this ‘green’ way of life actually has a somewhat sexy nowadays. These homes look gorgeous!

  • Anonymous

    I just walked through this home at the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders conference in Omaha. It is really quite wonderful! Small for a family, but there were several options including the add on unit with two bedrooms and a bath, instead of the single room and bath. For empty nesters with visitors now and then it could be perfect. Mostly the quality seemed excellent, and it was attractive. They had price brochures that had the 2 bedroom unit listed at about $130,000 with all appliances, and that included a stackable full sized environmentally friendly washer and dryer that sat in the quite large walk in closet that you don’t see in these pictures.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Keith-King/712463984 Keith King

    Wow! I never thought I would see such innovation from the mobile home sector! Very impressed.

  • Keith

    i just want to say, awsome, its about time something uniques, energy suffeciant and portable at a reasonable price has finally been produced in the sence of a mobile home. and great style deffenetly cool!

  • Kathy Lollar

    I would be interested in learning about the wind load capacity for this type of manufactured home. I work for a small County in Florida where mobile home living is the choice for many of our residents.

    This new style of energy efficient home is very interesting.

    I enjoyed reading about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julio-Espin/1263688121 Julio Espin

    Liking the ihouse. Too bad you’ll never see these out in the east coast.

    • Jodi Nain

      I’m nonetheless excited about bigger and bigger companies going mainstream with green prefabricated modern homes. LABHaus is already in the East Coast and I’m excited about that. The question now is whether there is any affordable lot to put these houses.

  • http://www.inexpensiveproperties.com lou

    Here is what I don’t understand. The most energy efficient shape is a sphere. The i-house shape, being a single floor plan and with a lot of exterior walls does not strike me as a very energy efficient shape. They could probably achieve better efficiency by having a 2-story structure. Or is it that the interior stairs add so much to the square footage that all benefits are eliminated? Anyways, it would be good to see these around the US.
    Europeans have been making passive houses (or pasivhaus) for several years now. Passive houses are houses that use almost no energy for heating and cooling (including water heating). Good to see energy efficiency more mainstream. Check out my web site if you are looking for inexpensive land in the Chicago area.

  • http://www.inexpensiveproperties.com lou

    Forgot to mention the site – inexpensiveproperties.com

  • Jeff

    Not Very family friendly though. where do you put the kids, On the couch?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marisa-Black/1028329621 Marisa Black

    It never hurt anyone to Dream Green!

    This is on my list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brigeen-Radoicich/1587746081 Brigeen Radoicich

    Check out the latest in green living!

  • http://www.MidCenturyModernPS.com Paul Kaplan

    Great affordable design that I think can change the face of the mobile home industry!

  • http://www.MidCenturyModernPS.com Paulkaplan5

    I would love to see these in Palm Springs. They fit great with our mid-century design oriented community here.
    http://www.MidCenturyModernPS.com

  • Yvonne Ricard

    Its incredible….so clean and open. I love the feeling of spaciousness. I too would love to own one someday…somewhere. Its about time that the prefab and mobile home industry caught up to the times. I experimented once with living in a mobile home. I wanted to see how much less space I really needed to live in.The worse part of it was the lack of insulation; which made it unbearably hot in late spring and summer, and freezing in the winter. The windows were cheap and single pane. It was a little more than 360 square feet, and my main issue…was that the kitchen was inadequate. Otherwise I loved knowing how little I really needed to live. I would try it again in this ihouse, and live happily ever after.

  • Veronica Badon

    The home is very beautiful.

  • copy cat

    i like their modifications …. it’s reminds me of the old dog trot homes w/ a twist. now that i think about it…. i’ve seen this before…… i can’t name the archit but someone else has done this before….

  • copy cat

    wow… i just priced it out. i-house II only standard feature (w/o flex room w/o ) + shipping is already about 105K. then add on it sit prep

    my conclusion is that it : this is an exspensive but hip looking 1/1 condo but for the same price you could regular 3/2/2 house in TX. i think of it like an apple mac book pro vs an HP laptop. you could the same features but half the cost…. it just looks cooler….i guess

  • Anonymous

    My husband and I are trying to relocate to Arkansas. We are in the process of finding new jobs and we came across the Clayton Homes Modern Green i-house. It is fantastic. My degree is in art and design and you have hit the nail on the head. It is pricesless. My husband was attempting to apply for a positions with the Clayton Homes in Bryant, AR. We were studying the material and found ourselve inthralled with your designs. It would be a privilege to apart of team with such advancement in market of manufactured home. We are going to stop by in Bryant on Sunday and see if we can see a i-house model…We have 10 year before we retire but would like to start planning for one of your homes. Very impressed with your company as whole.

  • Anonymous

    Does Clayton have any i-houses on display anywhere in Connecticut?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Thomas/100000185025510 James Thomas

    ive been looking for something like this. Is house or similiar beening sold yet?

  • http://www.amadiconstruction.co.uk/ manny

    Very Green, very contempory…the future of house building

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  • Anonymous

    I love it! Very contemporary!

  • Dory

    Hi, I looked at the I house in Bend, Oregon and wonder if anyone has lived in an I house in a cold climate with say 2+ feet of snow and how does the roof hold up to snow? My thanks. Hope to get one on our property soon! Dory in Bend

  • Cr_cuellar

    I just toured an i-house today in Albuquerque at the Karsten lot. It was fantastic! I really liked the innovative design, both for the exterior and the interior. I too am pondering where I can find a lot that will let me place this unique home.

  • http://www.modularhomesnetwork.com Modular Home

    It’s my pleasure to visit this site. I love the exterior of the house. It would make a great lake home with it’s long frame.

  • http://www.soundviewwindowanddoor.com/milgard-windows-and-doors-seattle-wa Sound View

    Great looking home!

  • Tamiann Nelson

    thought the clayton line was coming out with i3 home this spring need cost of this home and the flex

  • Wataugayeehaw

    Do we have to buy the Ikea package?

  • http://twitter.com/thedoommarine Doom_Marine

     but….the Apple iHouse has no windows, this can’t be the real iHouse.

  • Beagle

    It has been a couple of years since this house became available.    Has anyone seen one set up?  I would love to see how people have set them up and how they are doing with it.   

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